Category Archives: London Sights

Design Hotels: Thoughts on The Sanderson

June 22, 2017

Sanderson London Design Hotel philippe starck atrium seatingImage: Design Soda
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Today I want to show you the interior of a design hotel I visited recently which really challenged and inspired me, and which I’ve been thinking about ever since. Now, if you know much about me, you will know that the promise of cake and gin are two things I can’t resist, so when the lovely people at Amara invited me to an evenings afternoon tea and cocktail sampling last month I couldn’t resist. And at The Sanderson too, I knew it was a 5 star hotel in central London, designed by Philippe Starck, and Amara have form with choosing amazing venues (see Ham Yard, Rosewood etc) for their soirées so I was excited to see what The Sanderson held in store.

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Aperture | My Favourite London Art Deco

May 12, 2017

Hoover Building London, Art Deco Architecture (2)

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I’ve been really flattered to be asked to do half a dozen or so interviews recently for other websites and publications and one thing that’s pretty standard in pieces of this sort seems to be questions on where one finds inspiration. I find that whatever other factors I mention, London is always the one I settle on most firmly, sometimes it’s cafes or what people are wearing on the tube, but always present at the top of mind when I’m thinking about this is the architecture. We are so lucky in this city to have such a diverse cultural range of architectural styles. There are no grand boulevards of the nineteenth century like Paris here (though I feel slightly uneasy that the property market is beginning to socially cleanse the inner city population along the same lines of Paris 150 years ago).

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Hoover Building London, Art Deco Architecture detail

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Lifestyle: Design Inspiration over Brunch: 5 Prettiest Places in London

February 3, 2017

 

Chiswick fire station decor pink red velvet cactus wood

Blush tones and velvet in abundance here alongside giant desert style cacti, all on trend and en pointe.

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Phew, we’ve got to February already, not sure I’m going to want to see a lot of news this month, groan of helpless despair! But on a positive note, time has been flying by here Read More

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Pictures: Through the Aperture: January

January 24, 2017

 

Pump neon garage in shoreditch

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What a cold and dark start this month has been, I’ve got lots to keep my mind occupied this month but still these dark cold days are starting to grind. So, as the Christmas lights have faded all around, I thought January the perfect time for appreciating pops of neon. Today’s aperture includes some of my favourite punches of neon (and even a carousel) to lift us out of the doldrums. First up is this very cool gas station in Shoreditch (above) spotted on my London wanderings, perfect seventies fun flair, enjoy. What are you doing to beat the January blues? 

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Tottenham Court Road station, geometric monochrome tiles, vintage transport

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Travel: Day Trip to Polesden Lacey in the Mist

January 2, 2017

polesden lacey, surrey, in the mist, formal gardens gate angle, National Trust properties tourImage: Design Soda

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Happy New Year people, hope you all had good ones, I’m easing myself into 2017 with a gentle post today on our recent day trip to Polesden Lacey, near Dorking. This is exactly my kind of daytrip, a place with nature and a house that reminds me of the countless interwar novels I’ve read, with an interior I could feel at home in and all coinciding on one of those days we’ve had recently where the outdoors is engulfed in beautiful delicate clouds of ethereal mist. Winding down country roads, with trees above our heads forming arches and silver birches lining borders, all surrounded in enveloping mist, made for the very definition of other-worldliness in my eyes and just what I needed the week before Christmas. 

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